Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hidden in the Heart Auidobook GIVEAWAY!

Are you a fan of LDS Romance? Well I have a giveaway for you! Roseanne is a dear friend of mine who just released her first audiobook and she's been kind enough allow me to giveaway a copy. Here's the deets via Goodreads -

Cathee is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She has suffered from severe post traumatic stress disorder for several years. During a vacation with her four year old daughter to Topeka, Kansas, she meets Garrett, a widowed therapist. He hopes Cathee will let him help her work through her issues, but her past has come back to haunt her.

Sounds good, no? If you'd like to win, fill out the rafflecopter below.

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This runs until Monday. Good luck!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Book Trek!

I haven't been so great about reading this year, it's mostly because I've been beta reading like crazy, but I'm also missing out on some published books that I should've already read.

Yeah, I haven't even watched Beautiful Creatures much less read the book.

So when I heard about the Summer Book Trek I had to sign up. Nothing like the prospect of winning more books to get me reading ;)

All of the details are here and you can sign up and join the challenge here.

So what am I going to read in July?

Far World: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage

 Descendant by Nicole Giles

The 13th Reality by James Dashner

I happened to get all of these books signed while I was at LDS Storymakers and if I complete the challenge I'll be giving them away!

Here's to a summer filled with good books!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Google Friend Connect is Leaving on July 1st

You already know that Google reader is leaving us on July 1st, but you might not have known that Google Friend Connect is going with it. There will no longer be that friendly "follow" button with everyone's happy faces on our sidebars.

It sucks, but it isn't the only way for people to follow your blog.

A lot of people were talking about feedly, but I didn't find it that user friendly, so I've been using bloglovin'  instead. It's easy to use and it's easy to put a follow button in your side bar.

The switch is less than three weeks away, so be ready! Go here to find out how to import your google reader to bloglovin' and here to get a button for your sidebar. Happy blog reading!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Blood Moon: A Review

Another huge thank you to Jolly Fish Press and Teri Harman for letting me read Blood Moon! Here's the blurb:

Willa dreams of true events and her best friend is a ghost. Simon can heal any wound with a touch and senses others’ emotions, intentions. All their lives they’ve felt alone in their bizarre abilities, hiding behind a facade of normalcy, wondering why and how. The night Simon walks into the Twelve Acres Diner and meets Willa face to face, in a swirl of electric heat, they are bound to one another and glimpse the magic of who they are.

Across town a witch is held prisoner in the derelict basement of an old Victorian house. One night as it rains, she dares to reach her filthy, scarred hand out the window. Willa, walking home from work, recognizes the pathetic hand from a recent, terrible dream.

After a daring rescue of the witch, Willa and Simon are catapulted into the alluring but dangerous world of witchcraft and the magic of The Six Gifts. Answers to all their questions are within reach, but they’ve stepped into the middle of a deadly fight for the Powers of the Earth. Do they stay, risk their lives on the promise of power, or walk away?

My review:

The title Blood Moon drew me in right away and the beautiful cover had my itching to open the pages. It started with romance, and I always love a romance. The instant connection between her and Simon is a concept rarely seen. 

There are a lot of fun elements to this book. The powers and the classifications were really original and the people felt real, not just magical. 

However, sometimes the prose was breathtaking and other times it took away from the story. There were moments of panic for the characters and other times when I felt like the pacing was too slow. I liked it overall --- the ending was really good and left just enough open to hope for a second book. 

On another hand, there were a few believability problems with the plot. I did like Willa and Simon as people, but sometimes their characters flip-flopped without good reason. I had a hard time with antagonist as well. He seemed overly evil and almost cartoon-ish sometimes.

On the other hand, witch stories are really hard to pull off becasue they can easily fall into the cliche. Blood moon did a great job twisting that. If you're a fan of witch stories, you'd love this book!

Once again Jolly Fish is hosting a super awesome giveaway, check it out!

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Pick up a copy of Blood Moon today!
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Congrats Terri!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cover Reval: How to Date a Nerd

I feel like I've been overwhelming you guys with this stuff, but I promise, this is one is worth it. I love this book so much I want to squeeze it until it dies. When it releases ya'll are gonna LOVE it! K, here's Cassie with the deets:

I know some of you have already seen the awesomeness that is my cover for HOW TO DATE A NERD, but this is the official reveal, so pretend it's the first time you're seeing it, ha!

And yes, I came off really braggy, but I love this cover so much. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect one.

Okay, and if you are reading my babbles here instead of just scrolling to the cover, I know most of you have followed my journey with HOW TO DATE A NERD and know just how big a deal this is for me to get it out there to everyone. It's scheduled right now for a September release, and here's to hoping I don't lose my mind waiting :) And I want to thank all of you for the support you've shown me in the past two years since I started blogging. Nerd wouldn't have been queried, wouldn't have even been written without my bloggy buddies and their support. So THANK YOU! This is the one that started it all :)

Here's the blurby thinger and my author stuff. :)

Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd.

The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does.

Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe.

She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herself.

Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and PULLING THE SWITCH. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends her time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

And now, the reveal. *plays dramatic music*

Spell for you guys today (because I'm just so happy!)

Cassie Mae Author of Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend Friday Night Alibi to be released July 29th by Random House Flirt How to Date a Nerd to be released November 5th by Swoon Romance Publishing Blog

Isn't Cassie the best? Yay for Cassie!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Donation Bomb for Ben Wolverton!

One of the things I like most about blogging is the amazing sense of community. Someone gets an agent, has a cover reveal, or is doing a book launch and everyone rushes in to help.

Well what if one of our own was in serious need with something other than their books? We'd still step up to help, or course.

I've been watching the outpouring of love for Ben Wolverton and it's left me totally breathless, but there's more that can be done.

His father, David Farland, is an author. He supports his family off his books. As all of us writers well know, the benefits package is really crappy. Now imagine one of your children needs 1 million plus worth of medical expenses. It's a little overwhelming.

Here's the deal, a few of us bloggers got together and thought, 'if we all donated at least $5 in one day, how much would that add up to helping Ben?' So here we are, asking for a small sacrifice to help one of our own. If it's not too much ask, click on the link below and donate.

If you really can't (I totally get that) then help us by spreading the word. David has been working really hard trying to sell books and do fundraisers, this is the least we can do to help him out.

Oh yeah, and the awesome Leigh Covington is giving away an ecopy of Million Dollar Outlines if you donate. Check it out!
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You guys are the best!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Change of Plans!

If you're here for IWSG that post is below.  Today I'm honored to welcome one of my 5 am writing buddies, Donna K Weaver! Her book A Change of Plans just came out and I couldn't be more excited for her!

Here's the low down,

When twenty-five-year-old Lyn sets off on her cruise vacation, all she wants is to forget that her dead fiancé was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a diversion uncomplicated by romance. What she gets is Braedon, an intriguing young surgeon. He's everything her fiancé wasn't, and against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world, her emotions come alive.
Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship—on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic.

But it's hard to get away from someone when you're stuck on the same ship. Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions. Then paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped, and Lyn's fear of a fairy tale turns grim.

What people are saying about A CHANGE OF PLANS...

"A Change of Plans will keep readers up way too late in this fast-paced tale of love lost and found again." ~Melanie Jacobson, author of The ListNot My TypeTwitterpated, and Smart Move
"A Change of Plans is lots of romance sprinkled with pirates, shipwreck and adventure. Donna Weaver spins a tale that you will fall in love with, think about for days afterward, and then go back and read again. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put it down." ~Betsy Love author of Identity and Soulfire
"A captivating tale of love, grief, and hope that will tug at your heartstrings until the very end." ~Laura Josephson, author of the Rising series and Confessions from the Realm of the Underworld
"When someone says pirates and novel in the same sentence, I usually say, "Thanks, but no." Not in this case. Ms. Weaver brings a warm humor to her story of romance, travel and overcoming skeletons in one's past with her vivid characters and delightful scenes." ~Shaunna Gonzales, author of Dark Days of Promise

Donna K. Weaver is a Navy brat who joined the Army and has lived in Asia and Europe.

Because she sailed the Pacific three times as a child, she loves cruising and wishes she could accrue enough vacation time to do more of it with her husband.

Donna and her husband have six children and eight grandchildren who live all over the world.
At fifty, Donna decided to study karate and earned her black belt in Shorei Kempo.

After recording city council minutes for twenty years, Donna decided to write something a little longer and with a lot more emotion--and kissing.

Sounds amazing, right? Here's where you can get it.

And let's not forget the giveaway!

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Congrats Donna!

IWSG: Feelings

Yay for the first Wednesday of the month and the Insecure Writers Support Group!

Hosted by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh
I have a lot going on this month, which can lead to a lot of insecurity. I'm re-writing my NaNo novel from scratch, I'm querying, I'm planning a party for my writer's group, and I'm just trying to keep up with summer madness of weddings, parties, and camping trips. So basically words aren't enough to describe the chaos in my life.

Thank goodness for Gifs.

When I decided to step in to the querying waters, I thought I'd take it a little at a time. But it ended more like this:

To take my mind off things I thought I'd try writing 50,000 words this month. It's only been five days and I already feel like this:

That's okay, I can do it as long as I keep getting up early. But sometimes I just want to do this to my alarm clock:

When I think about all the weddings/ summer get together's/ book launches I wanna do this:

Basically, I feel a lot like this kid:

How's your June?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Beholders: Insight. A Review

Many thanks go to Terron James and Jolly Fish press for giving me an advance copy of Insight which came out on June 1st!

Let me start by saying I read this before Jolly Fish had it (one benefit of being a beta reader) and wow, some of the changes blew me away. The writing was new realm of awesome with some really powerful imagery mingled in. Certain scenes were switched around to make the story stronger, and it worked really well.

I still believe being a Beholder is one of the coolest forms of magic ever thought of, and Terron did a great job of making the reader feel like they were suffering along with Lon as he struggled to control everything happening to him. The contrast between Appernysia and the Rayders gave a great sense of tension with the perfect action packed ending. The cliffhanger at the end still gave me chills even though I've read part of book two (Take that, suckers!)

I've said all this good stuff even though this really isn't my type of book. I never finished reading Lord of the Rings (go ahead, stone me) becasue of some of the same things that bothered me with Insight. It starts slow,  taking time to get into the world and understand the characters, it doesn't mean the story as a whole isn't worth it, I just have hard time with it.

In general, if you like Lord of the Rings, and can't get enough of high fantasy worlds, this is your book.


Because Jolly Fish Press is so awesome they're even offering a giveaway for a free book. Check out the Rafflecopter below.

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Congrats on your launch Terron! I'll see you at the release party on Saturday :)